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Shakahola officers to be charged for lapses, Kindiki announces

By Antynet Ford

Security officers involved in the Shakahola massacre will be held responsible for any lapses through a commission of inquiry that will be formed by president William Ruto.

This was revealed yesterday by Interior affairs Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki while in Kilifi.

Kindiki said the officials will be held accountable after the court lifts the injunction that is currently on.

“However long it will take, all security officials whose errors, omissions or commissions contributed to the 429 Shakahola deaths must be held accountable.” Kindiki said.

“Once the Courts lift the prevailing injunction, the accountability of public officials who contributed to the occurrence of Shakahola atrocities in whatever manner will ensue through the Commission of Inquiry appointed by the President.”

The CS was in Kilifi where he held the State of the County Security Appraisal Forum with the county security heads.

The stop in Kilifi was a part of his security evaluation tour of the Coastal region, where he also met security heads from the other Coastal counties.

At the same time, Kindiki announced that the national government would acquire 4,000 acres of the Chakama Ranch where the Shakahola deaths occurred to put up a memorial.

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The Interior CS noted that the memorial area will be used to bury bodies that will not have been identified by their families.

He added that the memorial will also serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed.

He also announced that the remaining land which was gazetted as a crime scene has been degazetted with only 4,000 acres remaining as a crime scene.

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